Hello from Peach Blossom Hall in the heart of Logan County Kentucky. I am so glad to be back with you again this week. I had my monthly leukemia checkup and blood work at the Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center last week. The results were called to me today and I continue in a good remission. Unfortunately I am losing my esteemed doctor for parts unknown. Hopefully I will find another doctor of such renown. Recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
As a former history and government teacher I take a keen interest in the Presidential debates. So far I have watched all of them. There just seems to be so many Republican candidates still hanging in that there is not enough time for the moderators to ask the good questions to the leading candidates. Maybe three or four more of the candidates will drop out soon and give more time for the major candidates. But then who in the world would have though the two front runners would be Trump and Carson?
I think the whole process of electing our President has gotten far too long and too costly. I like the systems that are in place in many democratic countries in Western Europe. The political parties are limited to a campaigning time to a couple of months at most. Then there is a national primary day and each party narrows their field to two candidates. Then two weeks later here is a runoff election in each party and the field in narrowed to one candidate per party. Two to three weeks later the national election is held and a President is elected. Three to four months of campaigning and the process is completed. None of these two years of campaigning like we currently have in America. Our process wears everyone out and costs an astronomical amount of money.
I also find it interesting that the national voter turnout in France is about 85 percent when in our country the voter turnout is much lower. Why you might ask? The answer is that in France the entire process is much shorter and there is the equivalent of a $50 fine for those that do not vote. That certainly gets them out!
It would also be better for the country if campaign spending was greatly reduced. No political PACS. No huge campaign donations from individuals, corporations or unions. It might well serve the country if donations were limited to no more than $100 per person. The same rules should apply to very wealthy candidates who would not be allowed to pour millions into their own campaigns.
I have really been surprised at the current polls regarding the candidates in both national parties. I thought that Jeb Bush would have led the Republican pack. In fact all of the supposedly front runners of six months ago are far behind and the unexpected non professional politicians are in the lead. I still find it hard to believe that either of the two current front runners will last. The traditional leaders of the Republican Party must be having slight heart tremors just now.
As for the Democrats it looks like Hilary Clinton will take the nomination easily. Bernie Sanders is too far left for most of the country although he will do well in a couple of early primaries in the north. With Vice President Joe Biden not entering the contest the rest of the country will put Hilary in as the Democratic nominee.
If I were a betting man I would say that Trump and not our native son will carry Kentucky in the Republican Party Primary. I think Hilary will have an easy time of it in the Democratic Primary in Kentucky. Smile! Oh how I love democracy. It makes a lot of people rant and rave, but to me there is not a better system of government.
With A Smile – Some years ago I was the acting head of a 50,000 member state education association in Florida. We had both the Democratic and Republican Party nominees coming to our state convention to make major addresses to more than 3,500 delegates. The convention was in Miami and it was a very exciting time.
Both political parties had thousands of Dixieland type campaign hats shipped in for the convention. (The hats were made out of light weight styrofoam.) I sent two of my staff to pick up the hats from the Miami Airport. More than 50 large boxes of hats were loaded into the back of a large open truck. Then the two staffers headed back to the convention center via a series of bridges that crossed the long windy bay. When the staff arrived they were almost hysterical. The high winds had actually picked up the boxes one by one and sent them floating into the bay. You could actually see the boxes bobbing up and down in the water.
My solution was to rent a large boat and send the staff after the hats. Along with the help of probably 10 fishermen, who helped, the boxes were salvaged . The next day I was all smiles when the 3,500 delegates had their hats on and were cheering happily when each candidate spoke. By the way we told the delegates and candidates what had happened and that made for a great laugh!
Time to go. Good night Mrs. Calabash where ever you are.
To contact Dick Dickerson about the Logan County News, call 615-389-5495 or email [email protected]